Suffolk pub shut because it's in Essex

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Suffolk pub shut because it's in Essex
A pub which had a licence from a Suffolk district council was forced to abandon its opening when officials pointed out it was actually in Essex.

A pub which was all set to open with a licence it had secured from a Suffolk district council, was forced to abandon its opening when officials pointed out the pub was actually in Essex.

The Mitchells & Butlers pub, the Haver Arms, received a licence from St Edmundsbury Borough Council and had planned a grand re-opening.

However, at the last minute it was pointed out that the licence was invalid because the pub was over the border and into Essex.

Licensee Dee Morris told the Cambridge Evening News: "It has been a nightmare."

The pub's staff are being paid until it can re-open with a new licence from Braintree District Council, which is expected on February 23.

A spokesman for Mitchells and Butlers told the paper: "We have been unlucky.

"It is unusual, but we applied to the council we thought was the right one."

A spokesman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: "We received an application for the Haver Arms. A license was issued in error when we believed the premises to be in the borough."

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